Say what you will about other mail services, it is just not possible for any one to be worse than Brazil's. It's just not. Yesterday I received an envelope that was sent to me on November 20, 2013 from Toronto, Canada. It took 2 1/2 months for a guest pass for the Air Canada lounge to reach me here in Brazil. I have three weeks left to use it--I took the trip for which this friend had sent me a free pass in December. By the way, any São Paulo friends heading to Canada and want a free three week pass? Seriously.
Two and a half months. One envelope. And this is not an isolated case of idiocy. A friend in Alabama sent me a plaid hat last year, used and without value (other than emotional). It has not arrived to this day. It's a wool hat so I am doubting that the customs guy is wearing it but what the heck happens to this stuff? Why do no Brazilians care? You do realize this is unacceptable right? I get in trouble for criticizing this country (I pay taxes, I am allowed to complain--don't worry the US is in for it when I get back in August) but seriously, there is something wrong with a country that wants to sit on the UN permanent council yet cannot get me a piece of mail for two and a half months.
Also they messed with girl scout cookies. Two years ago a friend in Maine sent me two boxes of Samoas and they arrived three months later in tiny bits. I ate every last crumb. I am not proud. But no one messes with girl scout cookies. That is when I made my plans to leave.
Grrrr. Today's cranky post now over.